Joint inspection of the handling of cases involving disability hate crime
Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) have undertaken two previous joint inspections of the handling of disability hate crime casework.
This inspection focused on progress made by the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in response to findings from the previous reports: Living in a different world: Joint review of disability hate crime in 2013, and Joint review of disability hate crime – follow up in 2015.
The inspection teams from HMCPSI looked at magistrates’ court and Crown Court files from across each of the 14 geographical CPS Areas and CPS Direct. Fieldwork was then carried out in six of the CPS areas: Cymru-Wales, East Midlands; London South; Mersey-Cheshire; South West and Wessex.
Similarly, the HMICFRS inspection team looked at the counterpart police file of a portion of the cases examined by HMCPSI. These were drawn from six police forces: Cheshire, Devon and Cornwall, Hampshire, the Metropolitan Police, Nottinghamshire, and South Wales.
A questionnaire was also sent to local community groups in each of the CPS Areas visited.
This report sets out the findings from the case reviews, fieldwork and questionnaire.